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with the growing threat from the neighboring syria. 400 troops will join nato forces and stand ready to act if syria intends to unleash chemical weapons. fox's leland vittert is in our middle east bureau. leland, just a few days ago the head of nato said the assad regime is about to collapse. why deploy these troops now? >> reporter: it really has to do with showing solidarity with the turks who are clearly very scared and timing comes a couple days after we learned that the syrians were mixing chemical weapons to possibly use. so this is the united states and nato's way of really get being behind turkey, a close ally saying we support you. the secretary of defense was quick to point out that the patriot missiles are just that, defensive weapons that will be put down along the syrian border to protect syria, protect turkey from attacks by syrian jets or scud missiles that would fly in but that is not exactly the whole story. the patriots could be easily programmed and put in a no-fly zone over northern syria. so far turkey is denying that as is nato saying this is purely defensive move by t
this morning. it's a big development in the fight against syria and a new level of u.s. involvement. we just learned within the past few hours the defense secretary leon panetta signed an order sending two patriot missile batteries to turkey. that's to assist that nation in defending against any pollible military action by syria. this move was expected as the civil war in syria destabilizes the assad regime with each passing day. in addition to this, 400 u.s. troops are going to turkey. they will be deployed to operate the missile batteries. cnn's nick payton walsh has the development. >> reporter: good morning. 400 personnel will be accompanying the batteries. let me give you history. over the past two months, we saw sporadic exchanges of fire across the border. syrian military firing into turkey causing often destruction and death. turkey often responding. that brought about this request to nato for patriot missile batteries. they're supposed to be there. this particular type better at taking out missiles in the sky rather than taking down aircraft. but this move part of a nato response. a
to defend against attacks from syria. >> we are deploying two batteries here to turkey along with the troop that are necessary to man those batteries. so that we can help turkey have the kind of missile defense it may need in dealing threat that come out of syria. >> now the secretary made that announcement while meeting troops in turkey. 400 american troops will be assigned to the missiles. >>> in the meantime syria denies reports it fired scud missiles at fighters. they say the united states and nato are wrong. there are concerns syria may use the scud missiles to launch chemical weapons. >>> the fiscal cliff negotiations in washington may put the speaker at risk. any compromise may draw a line between him and the tea party conservatives. >> reporter: the house speaker and the president are still in a standoff over the deal and the speaker plans to go home to ohio today. they met at the white house last night but didn't reach any agreement. the speaker said he is still available to negotiate over the phone but any deal could mean bad news for his role on capitol hill. if he refuses a dea
is happening. >> on the brink. new clue that >> on the brink. new clue that syria president assad is out of >> good evening once again. we begin the half hour with syria. civil war there has been raging for months as you know. tonight syria ally ins russia are signaling that the end may near now for president assad. martha on the end game developing there nitd. >> could it all end soon here in damascas with startsing word from nato and now even president assad staunch ally russia that the brutal dictator days are numbered. that's because while assad is still in control in the capitol, rebel move closer. now just outside in the suburb. our bbc colleague jeremy boehner saw it firsthand. in a neighborhood where assad forces have tried to stop the rebel advance pounding the buildings and homes with airstrikes and artillery. battle is bloody. at the regime military hospital there are said to be 40 wounded treaty add day while the rebel like this fight whor lost both feet received treatment from a dentist. their hospital bombe bombed. >> rebel show they have the stomach for a fight. the
.s. military involvement in the face of fears that the bloody syria will spill over that country's borders. >> reports this morning say defense secretary, leon panetta has signed the order to send 2 patriot missile batteries, as well as 400 american troops, to turkey. they're being deployed to help protect turkey against a possible missile attack or chemical weapons from syria. and the moves comes as international support for syria's ruthless dictator is fading. the head of nato says the collapse of bashar al assad's regime is just a matter of time. and there are conflicting reports that his most powerful ally, russia, may be preparing for his defeat. rebels are gaining ground outside the capital and have defied every effort to defeat them. >>> there's some confusion over where former south african president nelson mandela is being treated. government officials there say they are protecting his privacy not confirming which hospital is treating him. >> the 94-year-old anti-apartheid icon was admitted on saturday for what has since been diagnosed as a lung infection. >>> in other news right
of breaking news overnight. including, you know, as the crisis in syria escalates, the u.s. is spending patriot missiles and troops to the syrian border with turkey. right now, martha raddatz will be here with more on that. >>> and barbara walters, bringing us her exclusive with the president and first lady. they rarely appear together for an interview. but they did for barbara. we'll hear their message, special message for robin. >>> let's get right to josh elliott for the pair of powerful earthquakes off the coast of california. >>> a powerful earthquaking rattling buildings and nerves in southern california. 6.3 magnitude off the coast. >> we're here in pasadena where they're watching this activity very closely. this was a pretty big shaker. 6.3 in magnitude. it occurred in the pacific ocean. lot of folks here in southern california felt it, though, it was a pretty good jolt. fortunately no reports of damage or injuries so far. back to you, josh. >> john, thank you. >>> people shaken by the quake twe tweeted it on twitter. >>> also this morning, new pressure on congress to approve a
and the nato both insist the development is only to defend against potential threats of syria. >> defense secretary leon panetta signed the order was on his way to turkey. where he will visit an air base. >> so far there's no word on how long the development of less. >> it is just a matter of days until the nation goes over the fiscal cliff but the real crunch time comes the next couple of days. >> italy schmidt has more from washington. >> it and then but i can't be enough. if that was the case and there the secretary of state announced the bthe in is fast approaching. >> the president still is not serious about dealing with this issue right here. it is this issue. spending. >> democrats countered there are plenty of presidential details it is just that the speaker is on willing to listen to them. >> the speaker cannot ignore the american people forever. at some point reality should set in. >> what is john boehner waiting for. >> democrats and republicans are to focus on and not increasing taxes for the wealth is americans. >> this is just not right. how does this make sense. when time i
.s. is sending patriot air defense missiles to turkey top defend against rocket attacks from syria. >> we are deploying two patriot batteries here to turkey. along with the troops that are necessary to man those batteries. so that we can help turkey have the kind of missile defense it may very well need in dealing with threats that come out of syria. >> now defense secretary panetta made that announcement while meeting with u.s. troops at an air defense in turkey. >>> time is running out for congressional leaders in washington, d.c. to come up with a fiscal cliff deal. as ktvu kyla campbell reports the uncertainty is definitely hurting the economy. >> reporter: pam, stocks dropped slightly on wall street yesterday. economists say it's all because there is no deal in sight. president obama and house speaker john boehner met again face to face last night but there is no fiscal cliff agreement. speaker boehner plans to head home for a long weekend today and says he's available by phone to negotiate. both sides say the lines of communication remain open. that is not enough to keep investors a
. >> one of the big challenges for the next secretary of state will be syria and our own mccormick spoke with secretary panetta and learned he is sending two missile batteries to turkey including 400 members of the u.s. military to help. does that signal a greater u.s. military involvement? >> what it signals is turkey is a member of nato. i have just come from turturkey. it has very serious issues with the number of refugees coming in. as a nato member we are really have to and want to and are committed to defending turkey so i think it is a 98nato issue and shows a sign we do not want the problems in syria to spread outside the borders. >> if in fact they begin to move chemical weapons, what should the united states and turkey and other country do so? >> people are very concerned about the use of the chemical weapons and also lack of control over them. and i think that there again, there will be -- president obama has made very clear that that is a line. and i think that there probably will be nato looking at it in a variety of -- >> looking at it meaning? >> more d
well need in dealing with threats that come out of syria. >> defense secretary panetta made the announcement this morning while meeting with u.s. troops at an air base in turkey. 400 u.s. troops will be assigned to the missiles. >>> there is a new twist in the fiscal cliff negotiation in washington, d.c.. as ktvu kilah campbell reports, going over that cliff may be the only way to reach a deal. >> reporter: dave, house speaker john boehner plans to head home today to ohio with no fiscal cliff deal in sight. the two met again at the white house last night but there is no deal on the table. and insiders say there may not be one until january. and here's why. democrats are sticking to their plan to raise taxes on the wealthy. republicans aren't backing down from extending their current tax rates and slashing spending. if neither side budges our company will tumble over the fiscal cliff until january 1st. they can all tell their constituents we tried and it didn't work but now everyone's taxes have gone up and we must compromise. a move like that irresponsible and the markets a
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